Saturday, July 2, 2016

Grace's Birth Story

Giving birth is such as miraculous process. I'm trying to remember every single details of this amazing motherhood journey but seems like my memory of that particular day is fading really fast. So here I'm writing more details about Grace's birth story, hoping that I will have something to help me remember this life milestone in the future ...

On Wednesday morning as usual my Mom and I went for a long 3 miles walk around lake Elizabeth before heading to WholeFoods to buy pineapples. One of my friends in Singapore told me that eating pineapple really helps her start her labor (She gave birth at around 40 week-ish). I'm not too convinced at first. Also, I have been avoiding uncooked pineapple almost my entire life because I have ulcers problem. But I've tried everything else ... what would I lose trying out another "weird" suggestion?

So that afternoon I ate the entire small box of cut pineapples with sambal rujak. I waited, as if something was supposed to happen instantly, but of course nothing happened. Strangely enough, my ulcers did not protest the uncooked pineapples. I felt fine and the entire day went without any incident.

Around 10.30 PM, I went downstairs to talk to my husband who was washing the dishes. Suddenly I felt an urge to go pee. After I relieved myself, I sat down on the sofa. Then I felt something trickles ... a drop, two drops, and more. I was thinking: "Is it my amniotic fluid? Does it just begin to break?" I went back to the restroom to check ... and found that I was actually having some spotting. I was beyond thrilled. Finally something happened!

Hubby told me to call labor and delivery and see if we need to go to the hospital. They were not too concerned. They advised us to wait and see if I would begin to experience some regular contraction in addition to the spotting. So we went to bed. Around 11.30 PM, I noticed this strange sensation around my pelvis area, like something is tightening. After a while, the sensation becomes stronger and stronger. We downloaded an app to count contractions. I waited for 2 long hours ... before finally caved in and called labor and delivery again. My contractions were not very regular ... mostly they were around 40ish second long with 8-9 minutes interval. This time, labor and delivery told us to come in for a check. So we drove to the hospital - which was 29 miles away from where we live, btw. But because it was in the middle of the night, there was no traffic and we arrived in around 20 minutes.

I began to feel the pain getting stronger as we walked to the labor and delivery department. I also noticed when walking my contractions were coming in closer interval.

We checked in and were ushered to an observation room. I was asked to take a urine sample. It was really hard doing that in between contractions. After waiting for a while, the doctor came and performed an internal check. I was only 1 cm dilated but 75% effaced. We were advised to go back home, wait until the contractions become stronger and more regular before calling labor and delivery again. The hospital was full at the moment so they would rather us wait at home ... so we went home.

As soon as I got home, I took a long shower and washed my hair. Who knows when I will have a chance to wash my hair again (Chinese tradition dictate women who just gave birth to wait for a month before washing their hair for health reasons). After I cleaned myself, instead of sleeping on the bed, I went downstairs and tried to sleep on the sofa. I just don't want my amniotic fluid to break while I'm sleeping on the bed.

After a while I realized trying to sleep was a futile effort. The contraction pain made me unable to sleep. I was just waiting and counting ... absorbing all the pain until morning. Around 7 AM, the contractions had became unbearable. My mom came down and I asked her to wake my hubby up, we really need to go to the hospital because I couldn't hold the pain anymore. At that time the contractions lasted more than a minute at 4 to 5 minutes interval. We went to the hospital at around 8 AM which was really bad because that is when traffic in bay area is the worst due to the morning commute.

After a very long and painful drive, we arrived at the hospital at around 9AM. I wasn't able to walk so hubby had to get a wheelchair for me. After checked in, again we were ushered to the observation room and I was asked to take another urine sample. I tried, but really couldn't get a decent sample amount. The contractions had become very painful - I even had difficulty to walk. So the doctor came, checked, and told us that I'm 4 cm dilated and 85% effaced. They were still trying to tell us to go home and wait but I told them I need an epidural right away. I couldn't hold the pain anymore. The doctor gave in and told me they would give me the epidural.

We waited for a while before a nurse came and brought us to one of the labor and delivery rooms. The room we had was pretty nice actually ... not brand new but it has a decent size. I really like our first nurse. She is an old Chinese lady called Sue. She fusses around like I'm her own daughter. I asked her to numb me first before inserting the IV, which was really helpful. I hardly can feel the IV needle. She told me not every nurse are as good with IV and numbing shots as her, so I was lucky I got her :)

Sue also told me I could get some kind of medication to ease the pain while waiting for the anesthesiologist. I gladly accepted. Thinking about it, maybe this was a great decision since after the medication I was so sleepy I hardly could feel anything else. Even the epidural. It's either that or the anesthesiologist is a genius. Well, I overheard Sue and the anesthesiologist chatting to each other and turns out she has been working with Kaiser for over 30 years!

Before she performed the epidural, she told me about all the risks and asked if I have any concerns. I asked her to make sure that I do not have any scoliosis since I heard a horror story from a friend who had one. She assured me that I do not have any scoliosis so the procedure should be much simpler. However, she was super concerned because I could hardly open my eyes. She was afraid I could not hold the posture needed to perform an epidural injection. Hubby had to intercede and helped me with my posture. Hubby kept on talking to me and hold my hands to make sure I am awake and able to hold my posture. Thank God the process was a breeze! I did not feel any pain. My contractions were becoming painless too... I still could feel something going on, but there was no pain.

Around 1PM another doctor performed an internal check and told us that I was 7 cm dilated! We were thrilled because seems like the labor was imminent. Sadly, nothing happened in the next couple hours.

Sue left, and another nurse, Melissa took her place. She was very sweet too. That entire day, they told me I couldn't eat anything except clear liquid and jell-o, so I opted for the later. Every time they asked if I want anything, I told them I want jell-o :) My mom was very anxious because I did not get to eat anything since morning. But strangely, I didn't really feel hungry. I guess the IVs must have caused that. At one point in time, I think it was around 4PM, they actually started giving pitocin to me to help kick start my active labor and increase my dilation. But still there was no improvement until 7 PM ...

Around 7.30, Melissa noticed something in the fetal heartbeat monitor and suddenly there were 5-6 nurses and doctor swarmed into the room. They did another internal check, discussed something and adjusted my IV. They also gave me an oxygen mask. A few minutes passed by and everybody seemed to be watching the monitor anxiously... and then they saw the improvement they wanted to see and then the room cleared up again. The doctor stayed and she told me that my baby's heartbeat was decreasing for a while. Seems like the pitocin level they gave me was too high, I had so many regular contractions, and it made the baby uncomfortable because she had to hold her breath during each contraction. Now, they stopped giving pitocin to me so the baby can rest for a while. They said they will give the pitocin again after 30 minutes.

When they checked in again, it seemed that my body was starting to have regular contractions on its own, so they did not continue giving the pitocin. I actually started feeling something similar to a bowel movement every once in a while. I told Melissa and she told me to not push even though I really feel like it. I was told to breathe out the "bowel movement". This sensation continued until 10 PM and getting stronger and stronger. At that time, I urged my new nurse Cathy to call the doctor to do another check because I really really want to push ...

Sadly I was still 7 cm dilated so I was instructed not to push. But the doctor said the baby now sat really low and she could feel my water bag pushing down. So to help, she broke my water bag. Not long after, my body temp rose. The doctor came in and told me about the possibility of doing a c-sec since I'm starting to have fever. In the meantime, they flushed me with more IV, hoping to turn the body temp down again.

The IV treatment worked. My body temperature was normal again. A new nurse came in (either Cathy or Melissa were on break) and she forced me to switch my body position. I have been laying on my sides the entire day after they gave me the epidural, but the nurses have been helping me switch sides every 30 minutes. The last time I switched my position was just like 10 minutes ago, and it wasn't easy switching position when your entire lower body was so numb. I tried to tell the nurse I just changed my position but she won't listen. I was pretty upset with this new nurse. To add to my irritation, she forced me to hold a "peanut ball" between my leg. She said this could speed up the dilation. Unfortunately, it also made the "bowel movement" stronger and I really really couldn't help but pushing every time the sensation came. Around 12AM, I told Cathy she needs to find the doctor and told the doctor I have been pushing for a while since I could not fight my bowel movement anymore. At 1AM, the doctor finally came to performed another internal check and she gave me a go ahead to push since I'm fully dilated!

And suddenly I was in active labor mode. Cathy told me to push every time I feel the strange bowel movement which turned out to be contractions. She kept on giving me encouragement every time I was done pushing along with my contractions. She told me I was doing really well. I was actually pushing really hard since I did not want my dear daughter to get stuck for a while in the birth canal and have a cone head. The doctor came by to check and she decided to stay since I'm progressing pretty rapidly. I remember seeing her sat down there preparing her scissors and so on ... Suddenly she asked, "are you ready to see your baby Mommy?" and she pulled her out and placed her on my breast. Everything happens really fast. Nurses tried to clean her while I hold her and my husband was asked to cut her umbilical cord. I found it hard not to cry. Finally she is here after a very long 9 month of pregnancy!

So my entire labor lasted for 27 hours - from the beginning of my regular contractions to the moment Grace was born. But the active labor itself was just 1.5 hours which was not bad at all. I had 2nd degree tear, which was again, not bad for a first pregnancy. All in all I was beyond grateful to God for giving me a relatively easy pregnancy and labor.

And here is my bundle of joy when she is one week old:


Now I truly understand what it means by loving somebody to the moon and back :)












Tuesday, June 21, 2016

41 weeks - Baby is here!

This is a very late post - but as you can guess, the baby is finally here!

She was born at exactly 41 weeks gestational age, which is June 16th for her. So we're late by a week. I was pretty stressed up waiting for her to be born. I did everything that I could - long walk everyday, going up and down the stairs exercise everyday, doing house chores, lifting boxes, nothing could trigger my water bag to break. What really helped me was eating a bunch of Pineapples!

Anyways ... daddy posted an announcement on his Facebook which I will also share here:

"We are overjoyed by the grace of God to welcome baby Grace Louisa Kurniawan at 2:24 AM on June 16, 2016. She is 19.5 inches and weighing at 6 pounds 13 ounces. The baby and the mommy are healthy. She is gorgeous! We are thankful to have friends who are always there for us. Thank you so much for your support and prayers!"

And here she is... our "Grace"


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Almost ... 40 Weeks Pregnant

Dear Baby,

Today we had our 39 weeks and 6 days check-up. Doctor said everything looks good. The swelling on mommy's feet is very minimal. Mommy's blood pressure is good too. But ... the cervix hasn't dilate yet :(

Your head is definitely lower than a week ago, but we need you to make more effort. Tomorrow was supposed to be your due date, but looking at the state of the cervix this afternoon, slim chance we are going to make it. It's ok if you don't make it exactly on the due date - only 5% of babies do. But please don't take too long even though mommy's belly is very comfy.

Doctor asked mommy and daddy to settle for a plan - since we can't let you stay longer than 42 weeks. As of now, we are scheduled to meet with the doctor again a week from now. If there is some small improvement but we are still going too slow, she will perform a membrane sweep to help kick start the labor. If that doesn't help, we are scheduled for an induction on June 19th. Mommy does not like both options. If it's possible, mommy wants the labor to start naturally without having to go through those two painful procedures.

You know, one of mommy's colleagues actually went through the membrane sweep procedure last February. She warned mommy not to do that. It was very painful for her, and she had a 32 hours long labor. Never in my mind I imagine that I would have to do the same procedure. Somehow mommy always believe you will come sooner than your due date...

Right now mommy is a bit worried. You are very active and moving normally, but mommy keeps on thinking about how the belly might not be big enough for you. If it's comfortable for you to be there. If the amniotic fluid is still enough. Every night before falling asleep, mommy wonders if this is going to be her last peaceful night before you come ... but on the other hand, mommy is also very anxious and can hardly wait to see you!

Do you know that your Grandma is here already? She is really looking forward to see you too!

Not to mention all the aunties and uncles that have been asking Mommy and Daddy about you!

Now, people have been giving a lot of advice for us. Mostly they are telling mommy to move and make herself busy - as if mommy hasn't done it this entire time :( Now mommy is determined to make herself VERY busy in order to help you find your way out. So baby... please please please come out soon.

We love you and really looking forward to see you!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Newborn Favorite Purchases

Just want to share with you a few of my favorite purchases so far as we are waiting for our baby girl. Hopefully if you are also preparing for your newborn baby, this list could help you decide on brands or product that you might end up buying :)

  1. Aden+Anais organic swaddle in collaboration with the honest company. Quite a few of my coworker are actually expecting around the same time with me. My senior manager gave birth earlier this year and she has been a source of information for me as well as the other new moms in our office. She shared how swaddling really help soothe a fuzzy baby and highly recommended this muslin swaddles. Additionally, I've read and heard so many good review about Aden+Anais muslin swaddle online. I first saw this pack of organic swaddles on Zulily during a promotion back at March but I passed because I still wasn't sure if I want the organic kind. I soon regret that decision because it was super hard to find a good discount for this product anywhere else. Finally I decided to just purchase my first pack from Nordstrom at full price. As soon as I washed it, I knew I would need to buy another pack. The Aden+Anais swaddles are so soft, it's hard to imagine swaddling my baby with other swaddles. Not to mention the patterns are so darn cute! Luckily, a few weeks after, my friend told me there was a promotion going on honest website. $20 off from a $50 purchase or $40 off from a $100 purchase. So in addition to stocking honest diapers and wipes (I'm super curious about the product and really want to try), I bought my second pack of swaddles :) Seems like it is currently out of stock on honest website, but keep on checking! 
  2. GAP baby's ballet bunny slippers. We were at the mall looking for cute baby stuff to be used as a photo prop since we would have our pregnancy photo sessions the next day, when we spotted this pair of super cute shoes. Unfortunately, there was no price tag anywhere. We looked around the store trying to find similar item, but seemed like this was the only one left. Since I really want it, hubby said it was okay to just purchased it. Other baby shoes were sold for around $20, so that's the number we had in mind. To our surprise - they have a promotion running and the bunny shoes were just $7! It really made my day. 
  3. Burt Bees organic onesies - as pictured above along with the bunny slippers. My close friend actually found a few burt bees items were on sale at Marshalls. She bought me two sets of organic onesies, each for only $3.99! I ended up scouring TJ Maxx and Marshalls around my area to buy more of these organic onesies since it was such a great deal for organic clothing. I can't find similar style online, but these look cute too!
  4. Babyletto Hudson Crib in gray and white combination. I read a review somewhere about this crib and it mentioned how the crib's height is good for petite women. I researched more about the company and really like the fact that they use eco friendly and non toxic material. Plus, the crib has a sleek modern design that hubby and I really like. We ended up purchasing the crib through BuyBuyBaby and actually got a 20% off plus free shipping :) The other bonus - according to hubby it wasn't hard to assemble at all. The only downside I would say, we had to wait for more than a month to get the product because this particular color combination is popular and the product was back-ordered. 
  5. H&M conscious collection side-opening onesies. So ... I'm actually pretty worried about dressing my newborn baby, especially before the umbilical cord stump fall off. I also don't like the fact that we have to slide normal onesies through the baby's head. I imagined it should be much easier to just have a side opening onesies. I was thrilled to find these organics onesies from H&M. They come in pastel colors which I adore too! 

So those are my favorite purchases so far. Please share if you have a list of favorite items for newborn too!

<3

Monday, May 23, 2016

Parisian-themed Baby Shower

Sharing a lighter pregnancy post today :)

Back in April, our friends throw us a "half" surprise baby shower. Why half surprise? I kinda knew they were planning a baby shower because one friend asked for my input especially regarding who to invite. She also asked me about the settings of the baby shower - whether I want it to be a formal sitting lunch / dinner with the girls or a casual one with couples. But that's the extend of my knowledge about the shower, she is very quiet about the rest of the detail. So a few weeks passed and there were nothing =P

A day before the baby shower, turned out somebody accidentally asked my husband whether husbands are welcome to join the event. So he knew when exactly is the baby shower! But he kept the secret from me.

The next day was Sunday. As I was getting dressed to go to the Church, hubby asked me if I want to wear a dress instead. I told him no, because according to the weather forecast, it was going to be pretty windy that day. It was actually kinda funny because he insisted that I changed into something nicer ... he was saying things like, "you know - the shower could be anytime now, don't you want to look nice if turns out the shower is today?" I was getting a bit suspicious, but never crossed my mind that he actually did know that the shower was that day. I thought he was just speculating.

After church, we had a plan to meet with one friend to setup infant car seat in our new baby car :) The weirdness continued though, because this one friend suddenly said she can't meet us for lunch, and asked us to come to her place at 4PM instead. I looked around the church for our other friends, wondering if they have a different lunch plan and if we can join them. But everybody seemed to vanish into thin air as soon as the service concluded.

It was almost 4PM and we were still doing some shopping at a Target nearby where my friend live. She sent me a message on WhatsApp asking where I was and if I was already en route to their place. My suspicion was getting stronger. When we arrived, she messaged me and told me to meet her and her baby at the pool near her condo's club house. While parking, I noticed a few familiar heads peeked from inside the closed and seemingly empty club house. AHA!


I was instantly in love with the theme they picked and the decoration.




Baby bump at 33 weeks :)


We played baby shower games - guessing baby food and drinking milk competition from baby bottle with level 1 nipple. We had so much fun!



Opening presents for our baby girls:



And ... group picture with all our dearest friends:


Very thankful for having such a great friends here in the US. We were far from our family in Indonesia, but never lacking supports because we have them :)

Friday, May 20, 2016

My First Trimester

Not sure if I have mentioned this before in this blog, but I have a very low pain tolerance level. Well, I guess all of you should have kinda know since I wrote the TB test post :) I really hate injection and I know I would have to get a lot of shots and blood checks if I am pregnant. So, I was actually super scared of getting pregnant.

To my surprise though, as soon as I found out that I'm pregnant, I was not worrying about the number of shots I would get or the blood checks. Most of the time in my early pregnancy, I worried about my baby's development and really looked forward to pass the 12 weeks milestone. Why? Because that's when the chance of miscarriage decrease significantly. Also, that is when embryo graduate to become a fetus. So to sum up what my first trimester experience felt like, it felt like I was on a race. I was just super focused on getting through the first trimester and didn't have time to worry about the shots/injection/blood tests or the upcoming labor.

I already shared some physical changes that I experienced on my early pregnancy in the last post such as always feeling tired, nauseous, sleepy, etc. Some other random stories from my first trimester:

1. Food aversion.

I really love fried shallots. I add them on soup, fried rice, instant noodle, everything! But ever since I'm pregnant, the after taste of fried shallots (and garlic!) becomes unbearable. On my last post I mentioned that I experienced a "light" morning sickness, but that does not mean I passed through my first trimester without any incidents. I remembered one night hubby had a dinner plan with a few of his old roommates. Because we wouldn't have dinner together, he asked what I want to eat for dinner so we could just buy it for to-go. I felt like eating something light so I told him I wanted a vietnamese rice noodle box with pork from Asian Box. When he picked me up from the office that day, I was already super hungry, I munched on the rice noodle box on our way home. As soon as we got home, I took a bath while hubby prepared to go out and meet his friends. However, the combination of hot water, brushing teeth, and the after taste of fried shallots resulted in an explosion in the bath tub :) I threw up in the shower and dear hubby has to clean the entire tub before he can go out and meet his friend. I felt so bad but it was really out of my control - everything happened so fast. Lesson learned though - I'm avoiding fried shallot for the rest of my pregnancy.

Another food I love that becomes my enemy during my pregnancy is shrimp. I'm a seafood lover through and through. But hubby is the other way around, he can't tolerate seafood except fish. In my early pregnancy, either the smell or the texture of shrimps threw me off. I couldn't eat shrimps as if, they need to be processed with other meats. I even tried eating my favorite shrimp dumpling (har gow) but found it be really hard to swallow. Not sure why, but I'm blaming my hubby's gene inside the baby :)

2. Scary moment.

When I was either 10 weeks or 11 weeks pregnant, one night before we went to sleep I experienced weird cramping sensation. It was like a rolling wave, starting from my rib cage going down. It didn't disappear when I changed my sleeping position. I panicked. It closely matched the description of contractions that I read online. I called the Kaiser hotline number and spoke with a nurse. He was very concerned but he wanted to check all the other possibilities. He asked me if I have a bowel movement that day - which I did - and suggested me to try emptying my bowel. He also scheduled a check up the next day with my OB. I followed his suggestion - and found out that I was actually having a really bad diarrhea. I went to the bathroom a few times during that night. I felt miserable and anxious. The next day, I went to the hospital and met with my OB. She performed a pelvic exam and informed me that everything still looks good and the mucus plug is intact without any sign of bleeding. To be sure though, she wanted to let me hear the heartbeat of my baby. Guess what? She couldn't find it. I was in the verge of tears. She told me to calm down and went out to fetch the USG machine. Thank God the baby was there! We can see the heart beating really strong, although it was weird that the doppler couldn't find the heartbeat. Later I found out that I might have eaten something bad for lunch the day before - a few of my friends who ate the same dish had diarrhea too. Another lesson learned - be very mindful about what to eat!

3. Hubby's birthday.

As expected, I really didn't have enough time or energy to make elaborate plan for hubby's birthday that November. Especially, hubby was actually battling with cold and cough throughout the month of October - we later found out that he had a sinus infection. Thankfully, early November he was getting a bit better.

There was a new Korean BBQ place nearby where we used to live. In such little amount of time, the restaurant had hundreds glowing yelp review - pretty close to thousand actually. A group of our Indonesian friends were trying to book a reservation to try out the new place since late September, and the date that was given to us was actually my hubby's birth date. So we made everything simple and decide to celebrate his birthday over there - no surprise for him this year :)

I remembered how Hubby and I were extra careful with the meat, making sure everything is well cooked. We shared a table and a stove with two other friends, but thankfully it seemed that they did not realize anything weird with the way I ate. We weren't ready to share the good news back then :)


Did I look pregnant already? ;p

4. Leggings vs Jeans.

Remember I told you about my light morning sickness? It wasn't as if I didn't experience any discomfort at all, but I was thankful because it seemed like it was still manageable. I had all the nausea, feeling bloated, and gagging reaction whenever I smelled food. But eating small snacks throughout the day helped and also ... changing jeans into leggings. Not sure why, but it seemed like my belly area expanded pretty fast. Soon after I found out about the pregnancy, maybe as soon as week 6 or 7, wearing jeans became so uncomfortable. At that time, I refused to buy maternity jeans so early because I thought my belly will continue to expand and I would need to buy a different size anyway. But you know what, I get so used to wearing leggings - I actually haven't bought any maternity jeans and now I'm in my final stretch (37 weeks)!

5. Pregnancy announcement.

Before we are expecting, we used to wonder why people try to hide the fact that they are expecting. Isn't it such a wonderful news? Why don't people want to share it?

Little did we know about all the early miscarriage facts and the survival rate of embryo. So many things can go wrong. It's really hard not to tell everybody actually, but deep down inside you have all these worries and you just want to make sure everything is okay first before sharing it to the world. So we actually waited until we passed the 12 week milestone before letting our friends know that we are expecting. It was quite a surprise I would say, some of them kinda guessed but a lot of people were actually unaware. It felt great to be out in the open though! :)

Anyway, those are stories from my first trimester. Please share stories of yours too - would love to hear them!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Our First Pregnancy Appointment

We waited for another 3.5 weeks before we could meet with my OB and truly confirmed the pregnancy. It was the longest 3.5 weeks ever in my life!

Have you ever heard about how your mom pregnancy experience might affect yours? Well, actually I heard both ways - some people believe it might, some people don't. In my case, it doesn't - at all. I'm actually super scared of getting pregnant because my mom had very difficult pregnancies for the three of us. She told me how she had severe morning sickness and had to stay in bed up to 6 months when she carried us girls and 4 months when she carried my brother. However, I did notice some physical changes.

The most apparent change was with my energy level. I noticed how I got sleepy all the time. My husband and I carpooled together to work everyday. During those weeks, I usually sleep on our way home. Once we're home, I found it so hard to do normal activities, all I wanted was to lie on the sofa and sleep. I did not really experience morning sickness until around week 6 or 7. Looking back, I think my morning sickness was pretty light. I had the expected urge to throw up every time I brush my teeth and queasiness in my tummy throughout the day. I also experienced a heightened sense of smell ... I hated strong perfume and the smell of food. But thank God I was still able to work.

After what seemed like forever, October 28th came along. Hubby picked me up from my office and we went together to Kaiser Mountain View. We were told that in this first appointment, the doctor would perform an ultrasound to check whether or not the embryo is developing as it should and find out our expected due date.

As soon as the doctor prepared the ultrasound machine, hubby was ready with his iPhone. He wanted to take video of our first USG. But, to his surprise, the doctor actually told him to wait until she confirmed that there is a baby in my uterus. I know she didn't mean any harm, but still my heart sank to my knees. When she finally said, "I'm seeing one healthy embryo here - see you can see the heart beating fast and strong," my tears started falling down. I was so relieved! All this time while waiting for the appointment, I noticed changes in my body but I really want to be sure that the baby is growing healthy inside of me.

Then my husband ask, "are you sure there are no other embryo? Not a twin?"

*LOL* He really wants a twin.

But nope, the doctor confirmed that she could only see one embryo. Then she measured the embryo and told us our due date - June 9th 2016. A summer baby!

Here's how the baby looks like at our first USG:



Other than doing the ultrasound, we were given tons of pregnancy related information during that first visit, including nutritional guide (what food to eat and what food to avoid) and the dreaded California Prenatal Screening Program. I'll talk more about this screening program and how I feel about it in another post.

One more picture of the happy mommy and daddy to be: